Monday, June 14, 2010

Jai Ho!!

You pose for a spontaneous pic with your favorite people and capture the moment in your camera and then eagerly look into the preview of it and obviously peep at how you look and thats when you found time to see the impact of the spots of your face on your happy moment. You knew you did not have the flawless honey skin, but you really didn't think that they were this obvious right? You wish you didnt have them. I am sure this has happened to most of you women, like it has to me.

Well, lets face it. I am sure we women have to face zit attacks at the worst places in the face (the worst of all is on the tip of the nose I feel). But what comes after, is what we want to work on now.

I have personally never been very sure of buying those expensive creams off the shelf, unless they are really good. I have always been a fan of some good home remedies which do the trick. Here is one for pimples and pimple marks.

Nutmeg, as we know in English and Jaiphal in Hindi and Jaadikaai in Tamil is often used in deserts to flavor them. Here is how I use them.

1. Take one Nutmeg and rub it on a rough stone (often used in kitchen for grinding spices) by adding a few drops of water and it will leave a pinkish fluid.

2. Apply this fluid onto the pimple and pimpled area and let it dry. Best time to try it would be during bed time.

Nutmeg is not a nut. Try this and leave your feedback here. It will be available in most grocery stores which stock good spices.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Henna Hai na!

Its been quite some time since I posted something here maybe because I myself wasnt trying to pamper myself for sometime now. But last week I wanted to rejovinate my hair which had started looking dull. Here is a receipe for awesome bounce and shine in your hair. I tried it and the results are amazing.

1 Cup Mehendi/Henna powder (For medium length hair)
1 beetroot ka juice
tea water + coffee decoction (Just enough to make it into a paste)
1 egg
Juice of 1 lemon
A lil bit of dahi

Mix it all up and leave it over night to soak. For those who would not like smell of the egg, I would like to say taht it did not smell bad at all. Next day apply it all over the hair evenly and keep it on for 2-3 hrs. Wash it off with water and not shampoo for a day. U can apply a little conditioner if you dont like the smell of henna. If you want some rich color then dont use shampoo..just rinse it with water. dry hair. Oil it for one day and a day later wash it off.

The Lemon in the henna does not let you catch a cold.

It gives a rich burgundy color. Looks and feels amazing. Try it and post your comments.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Go Bananas!

This one is for those who wake up with a face which feels like it has been sun-dried for a week. If you face feels extremely dry or your skin type itself is dry then this face pack is for you.

1 Banana (yellow green anyone will do)
1 tbl spoon olive oil

Puree the banana very well (do it in a blender, as its easier to spread on face) and add one tble spoon warm olive oil and immediately apply on to face and leave it for 15 -20 min.

Remove the pack with sponge and wash off face gently.

You can even try it on elbows and knees where we have a lot of dead skin. You can even use it as a variation for you manicure and pedicure.

This leaves the skin with a smooth effect and helps for extra dry skin also.

Monday, July 27, 2009

All in Alum

This works best for sensitive skin. Phitkari (Alum) is an excellent antiseptic and at the same time its used for brightening complexion. Boil one liter of water with 2 to 3 medium size of phitkari. Let the water cool and if you water even chill it in fridge. Wash your face with this. This is supposed to lighten your skin tone.

Phitkari - Hindi Translation
Alum - English Translation
Paditkaram - Tamil Translation

This is also great for throat infection. Gargle with warm alum water and its supposed to cure tonsils, and throat infection.

You will get this in medical stores or even some grocery stores. If you cant find it, ask any road side Barber, where he found his. All of them keep one.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Cool it

Did you know that onions which add flavour have an amazing medicinal value too. Onions are supposed to cool down the body heat. Yes, which is why it is often served in salads or simply as an add on. Include it in slads, raitas, or just eat it plain with your with you meal. (Not to forget, your mouthwash before you step out, else you will be too cool to handle).

Interestingly Honey too is supposed to cool you down. Now I dont mean the "loved one" honey, but the real one. Add it to your desserts or just your night time milk instead of sugar and it is supposed to also help in a good night sleep.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

I use, I I recommend

I have been using "Lotus brand - Lemon and Turmeric Cleansing milk" for the last 2 weeks. I can see some amazing results. The moment you use it the amazing fragrance of lemon lingers on and it brightened up my face by atleast 1 shade. Esp because it has lemon in it.

After a face wash, pat dry your face let some moisture to be ther on the face. Take little cleansing milk on the palm and massage your face in circular motions for 2 mins to 5 mins. and wipe off with a moist cotton or just splash some water and wipe off with soft towel. Its really refreshing. It cost me Rs. 195 bucks and I think it will last 2 months maybe even 3 so it works out to Rs.60 per month. Very economical. I will recommend this product especially for oily skin like mine.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Hibiscus Hair Conditioner

When we were very young, every sunday used to be the day for traditional oil bath, which included, an oil massage with Til oil, followed by being bathed with shikhakai and powder made of dry flowers and herbs (called vasanai podi). My mother never used soap after this bath coz, she always maintained that mild fragrance of shikhakai and kastoori manjal was more than enough.

But once in a while, my mother also used the following mixture as a natural conditioner for the hair.

1. Soak some leaves (5-6) of the hibiscus plant in a cup of curd for half hour.

2. Grind it into a fine mixture like a cream

3. Apply it on the scalp and hair generously and leave it on for say a hour.

Wash it off with water and follow it with shampoo if you desire, though if you can avoid it, nothing like it.

This leaves your hair soft and conditioned naturally.